Dog breeding

New dog breeding business planned near Burton

Plans have been made to open a new dog breeding business near Burton.

New jobs will be created if a building permit is granted to transform a stable block in a rural road between Barton under Needwood and Yoxall into kennels and farrowing shed.

If the plans are approved, up to 30 dogs would enter the kennels.

The planning documents submitted to the East Staffordshire Borough Council by the consultancy firm JMI Planning read: “The applicant breeds dogs and intends to turn this into a commercial enterprise.

“It is therefore proposed to convert an existing underutilized stable to create kennels that can accommodate up to 30 dogs.

“The adjacent feed store, which is a movable structure on runners, would be used as a farrowing shed.

“The proposals involve internal modifications to the stables to create kennels in the existing stalls, as well as a kitchen for the staff. The feed store should be slightly repositioned and exterior runs attached to its side elevations.

“The fenced paddock immediately adjacent to the building would be used as an outdoor track.

“The kennels would be accessed through the existing gated entrance to Dunstall Lane and the car park would be built on an existing hard floor.

“The proposals would create three permanent jobs.”

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JMI says the new kennels would not unacceptably increase noise from the site and that new or loud dogs would be isolated.

The applicant – who lives there – is an expert in animal welfare, according to the application.

His statement reads: “Dogs will be housed indoors, with washable plastic sleeping facilities and 3.2-meter-long tracks.

“The building has a concrete floor with a central ravine that directs liquid waste to a drain connected to an existing septic tank in the field to the south.

“Solid waste, including bedding, will be collected daily and stored in yellow bins kept indoors, which will be collected every fortnight.

“The applicant lives on site and will be available 24/7 to deal with any issues that may arise.

“In the unlikely event that a dog escaped from its kennel, it would still be locked in the stable, and if it escaped from the stable, it would be trapped in the fenced yard.

“A dog would therefore need to escape at least three times before leaving the site.”

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